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Kyoto

Travel Guide
Heian Shrine showing a temple or place of worship, religious aspects and heritage architecture

Enjoy a traditional tea ceremony, feed wild monkeys and explore World Heritage-listed temples and shrines in this historically rich Japanese city.

Kyoto, on the Japanese island of Honshu, has been a hub of religious activity and political power since the eighth century. It was once the capital of Japan and retains many of the temples and palaces built within this period. Step back in time to imperial Japan as you explore the city’s many World Heritage Sites such as the Kiyomizu Temple. Kyoto is also renowned for its landscaped gardens, many of which are based on designs dating back hundreds of years.

The wealth of cultural history in Kyoto can be overwhelming and it can be difficult to know where to start. Take the Philosopher’s Walk to orient yourself around some of Kyoto’s historic sights, such as the Eikando Temple. The walk takes in three major temples as well as several smaller temples and shrines, boutique shopping areas and restaurants where you can sample the traditional Japanese multicourse dinner, kaiseki. Cherry blossoms line the walk during spring, and in the fall, the area comes alive with the brilliant reds of maple trees.

Central Kyoto offers a combination of modern and traditional delights. Ride up the Kyoto Tower for a 360-degree view over the city from 330 feet (100 meters) up. Explore the Nishiki Market, lined with restaurants, and fresh produce and street food stalls. See giant salamanders and local river fish at the Kyoto Aquarium.

At one of the regular festivals held in the city, taste some of the food brought to Kyoto from all over Japan to please the Emperor, watch traditional crafts being made, take a lesson in saké brewing and experience the culture of Japan.

Lovers of Japanese literature will enjoy the 17th-century Katsura Imperial Villa, built to resemble the fictional setting of the 11th-century novel The Tale of Genji.

Tourism is a large part of Kyoto’s economy and there are some unique attractions such as hand feeding wild snow monkeys at Arashiyama Monkey Park. Kyoto has a welcoming atmosphere, incredible natural beauty and layered history.

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Where to stay in Kyoto

The Royal Park Hotel Kyoto Sanjo
The Royal Park Hotel Kyoto Sanjo
4 out of 5
74 Nakajimacho,Kawaramachi Higashi-iru, Sanjo-dori, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto
The price is ¥2,827 per night from Aug 29 to Aug 29
Located in Central Kyoto, this hotel is steps from Kiyamachi Street and Pontocho. Kawaramachi and Nishiki Market are also within 10 minutes. Shiyakusho-mae Station ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (963 reviews)
"Good food in restaurant. Nice bathroom in room"

Reviewed on Jul 9, 2021

The Royal Park Hotel Kyoto Sanjo
Hotel Granvia Kyoto
Hotel Granvia Kyoto
4.5 out of 5
JR Kyoto Station, Karasuma Chuo-guchi, Karasuma-dori, Shimogyo, Kyoto, Kyoto
The price is ¥10,316 per night from Aug 27 to Aug 27
Located in Central Kyoto, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Kyoto Tower and Higashi Honganji Temple. Sanjusangendo Temple and Kyoto Aquarium are ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (1,141 reviews)
"I picked this hotel last minute due to Covid but we really enjoyed our stay. It is right outside the Kyoto train station so getting around was super easy and there are so many places to shop and eat. The only downside was the hotel is not a good fit if you are traveling with young children. The pool ..."

Reviewed on Apr 10, 2021

Hotel Granvia Kyoto
RIHGA Royal Hotel Kyoto
RIHGA Royal Hotel Kyoto
4 out of 5
1 Taimatsu-cho, Shiokoji-sagaru, HigashiHorikawa-dori, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto
The price is ¥8,017 per night from Sep 5 to Sep 5
Located in Central Kyoto, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Kyoto Tower and Kyoto Aquarium. Kyoto Railway Museum and Nishiki Market are also within 2 ...
4.4/5Excellent! (2,294 reviews)
"Great staff, made us feel at home during our stay. Very helpful with impeccable service."

Reviewed on Jun 2, 2021

RIHGA Royal Hotel Kyoto
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
ORI Kyoto Hotel
ORI Kyoto Hotel
3 out of 5
566-4 Kazahayacho Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto
The price is ¥7,125 per night from Aug 31 to Aug 31
Located in Central Kyoto, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Shijo Omiya and Nishiki Market. Kawaramachi and Nijō Castle are also within 1 ...
ORI Kyoto Hotel
nol kyoto sanjo
nol kyoto sanjo
3 out of 5
700, Osakazaimokucho, Nakagyoku, Kyoto, Kyoto
The price is ¥17,510 per night from Sep 5 to Sep 5
Located in Central Kyoto, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Nishiki Market, Kawaramachi, and Kyoto International Manga Museum. Pontocho and Shijo ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (6 reviews)
"施設全体の雰囲気、お部屋のデザイン、スタッフさんのコミュニケーション、ラウンジで提供されるサービス、どれも良く快適に滞在することができました。 駐車場が併設でないのは残念でしたが、すぐ近くに有料駐車場があります。 一点、ベッドのシーツに回収忘れと思われる清掃用具が挟み込まれていたのはちょっと驚きました…"

Reviewed on Jun 16, 2021

nol kyoto sanjo
MIMARU KYOTO STATION
MIMARU KYOTO STATION
2.5 out of 5
15-1, Higashikujyo Higashisannocho, Kyoto, Kyoto
The price is ¥14,961 per night from Aug 22 to Aug 22
Located in Central Kyoto, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Kyoto Tower and Higashi Honganji Temple. Sanjusangendo Temple and Toji Temple are also ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (58 reviews)
"Next to kyoto station. Very convenient."

Reviewed on Feb 5, 2020

MIMARU KYOTO STATION
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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